Cup given to Peter Pan’s son goes up for auction

PUBLISHED: 13:17 26 November 2012

The Peter Pan gilt cup.will be sold at Sworders on December 4.

The Peter Pan gilt cup.will be sold at Sworders on December 4.

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A GILT christening cup given by Lawrence of Arabia to the son of the real-life Peter Pan is to be sold at auction, with a guide price of £1,000 to £1,500.

The 17th Century cup, pictured, with personal inscriptions is being sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on Tuesday December 4. It was given by T E Lawrence in 1933 to his godson, Ruthven Barrie Llewelyn Davies. Ruthven was the son of Peter Llewelyn Davies - one of five brothers adopted by J M Barrie - and widely regarded to have been the inspiration behind Barrie’s most famous character, Peter Pan.

By this time, Lawrence had changed his name to T E Shaw to avoid notoriety and the cup is inscribed with the words “RBLLD June 21st 1933 from his godfather T E Shaw”. It also reads “Lawrence of Arabia” and the words “For the imp: belated but will not know about time yet…TES”.

The cup is part of a small collection originating from the Llewelyn Davies family and is being sold at the specialist Silver and Jewellery Sale at Sworders’ auction room in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Sworders’ silver and jewellery expert, Helen Jonas said: “Not only does this cup have a fascinating ownership, but it’s a very attractive piece of silverware in its own right. It dates back to the early 17th Century and was made in Germany by Paul Hubner. But it’s the link to both a real-life hero and a much-loved fictional character that will appeal to buyers and collectors.”

The sale also features a Cartier lapel watch once owned by Gertie Millar – the famous actresses and most photographed women of the Edwardian era. The Art Deco style lapel watch has the initials GM in diamonds and is believed to have been a gift from her husband. The watch has a guide price of £10,000 to £15,000.

The sale will be held at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers at 10am on Tuesday December 4. Sworders is now taking entries to its next sale of Decorative Art and Design on Tuesday January 29.

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